Difficult Husbands by Mary De Laszlo

That is life though, disappointment usually lurks under the glitz.

Title - Difficult Husbands
Author - Mary De Laszlo 
Publisher - Bookouture
Publication Date - 31st October 2014
Format - eBook (Provided via NetGalley)

The blurb

Difficult Husbands - In sickness and in health, for better but definitely not for worse...

Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands. 

Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing - is he after her or the house? 

Together with Gloria - whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind - struggling to deal with her womanising husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They'll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever that simple...

Becca's thoughts

Bookouture, your books just seem to be getting better and better! Thank you so much for auto-approving me for your fabulous titles on NetGalley! It makes my day, each and every time I spot one of your titles on there, to know that I can send them straight to my Kindle and dive right in, so HUGE thanks heading your way! And of course, thank you to the absolutely marvellous author Mary De Laszlo. Without your magical words, I wouldn't have enjoyed this story as much as I did. 

Firstly, cover cover cover
Isn't it just stunning? The beautiful scene just screams the words CHRISTMAS at you, and just from looking at it, I can completely imagine standing right there, in front of Ravenscourt, with the pretty glittering snowflakes falling gently around me. In all honestly, Mary's cover for Difficult Husbands couldn't have been more spot-on. It is just beauuuuutiful! 

And then, just to make things even more absolutely gorgeous, there's the magical story within. It was entertaining, to say the least, especially when the "difficult husbands" were involved! 

The first character the reader is introduced to is Lorna. She's newly-divorced, mother-of-two, and desperately hoping that her ex will come back, in the form of the man that he previously was. My heart went out to Lorna immediately. She was so kind and sweet, and incredibly loyal when it came to her family. She just wanted her grown children to come home for Christmas, but when everything kicks off and plans are thrown up into the air, Lorna is forced to take desperate measures, alongside her two best-friends, Gloria and Rosalind. Each of the three women come with their own problematic husband. Lorna's husband is now a completely different man to the one that she once knew and loved. Gloria's husband has a serious problem with the "bottle", and Rosalind's husband seems to prefer the spending time with anybody except his own children. With Christmas just around the corner, the three woman need something to keep their men occupied, to ensure Christmas is not ruined!

One of the first things that caught my attention, and something that made me feel warm and cocooned within this gorgeous world, was the relationship between the three women. It was made clear to me that Lorna, Gloria and Rosalind were all very close to each other. There was an air of normalcy about the fact that they'd meet up and discuss their individual other half's, although some of the issues that the husbands were facing, specifically Gloria's husband with his drinking problem, added just a spark of seriousness to the tone of the book, but it was still a light-hearted, happy read that is perfect for the festive time of year. The female bond between the women was beautiful, and by the time I'd finished reading, I'd felt like I'd been invited into the group. 

When Lorna inherits Ravenscourt House, Gloria comes up with an idea. At first, none of the women seem to take her seriously, neither did I to begin with, because what the crazy lady wants to do is somehow banish their three husbands to Ravenscourt House and keep them there, out of the way, so that they can each have a perfect Christmas with their children, without the husbands getting in the way. I found this idea absolutely hilarious, and I was desperate to see how the women were going to pull it off. I'm sure, if we're going to be truthful, there's a tiny of part of each woman who has a slightly difficult husband, that would love for this to happen! The idea seemed genius to me, and it added a whole lot of fun and excitement to the story, just to see how the three husbands were going to react to be shoved away into a big old house. I did, at one point, begin to feel sorry for them. It was Christmas day after all, but I guess it just truly emphasised how desperate the three women were for a Christmas that wouldn't be tarred by drink, an ex-husband with a new young girlfriend, and a man who preferred to spend time away from his children rather than with him. 

Becca's Books is rating Difficult Husbands by Mary De Laszlo with four cupcakes! A highly entertaining read that will have you laughing for an age! 


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